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Baked Donuts [yeast free]

Cinnamon sugar, Chocolate glaze topping

Who doesn't love a donut? Warm and comforting, these indulgent treats are best with coffee. This recipe has all the comfort without the fried indulgence. These donuts are cakey, delicious and easy to bake. I adopted the basic recipe from none other than Ina Garten.

Chocolate covered baked donut
Cinnamon sugar baked donuts


  • Baking spray with flour

  • All-purpose flour  - 2 cups

  • Sugar  - 1 1/2 cups

  •  Baking powder - 2 teaspoons

  • Ground cinnamon - 1 teaspoon

  • Freshly grated nutmeg - 1/4 teaspoon

  • Kosher salt  - 1/2 teaspoon

  • Egg - 1 lightly beaten 

  • Whole milk - 1 1/4 cups

  • Unsalted butter-  2 tablespoons melted

  • Unsalted butter - 8 tablespoons (1 stick)

  • Pure vanilla extract - 2 teaspoons​

Cinnamon sugar: 

  • Mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Chocolate glaze: 

  • Confectioners sugar - 3 cups

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1/3 cup

  • Whole milk - 1/4 cup at room temperature

  • Pure vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon

  • Salt - a pinch

  • Light corn syrup - 1/2 tablespoon (optional)

Special equipment : Donut pan


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Spray the doughnut pan well - this will yield 2  batches.

  3. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla.

  5. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.

  6. Spoon the batter into the baking pans, filling each one a little more than three quarters full.

  7. Bake for about 15 - 17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

  8. Brush the donuts with melted butter.

  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then tap the doughnuts out.

  10. For the cinnamon sugar topping, melt the 8 tablespoons of butter. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut first in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar, either on one side or both sides.

  11. For the chocolate glaze, place a wire rack over a baking sheet.

  12. Working one at a time, dip each doughnut top side down into the glaze and lift up to allow the excess to drip back into the bowl.

  13. Set the donuts down on the rack and let sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the glaze to set.

  14. You can double dip if you need a thicker glaze. Add sprinkles if preferred.

  15. Enjoy! 

Chocolate glaze:

  1. Sift the sugar and cocoa powder into a medium bowl.

  2. Add the milk, vanilla, corn syrup, salt and whisk until smooth.

Tip:​ Add more milk, to make a thinner glaze or additional sugar to make it thicker.

Products used in this recipe

Donut pan

All purpose flour

Electric mixer

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